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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 January 2016
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 JANUARY 2016 David Bowie honoured on Punt Road Helen Marcou and Quincy McLean post photos of the pop icon on the external walls of the Bakehouse Studios Few days have passed since David Bowie's death and the world is flooded with tributes honouring his legacy. One of the most haunting ones has appeared in Richmond, on one of Melbourne's busiest arteries. Featured on the external front wall of Bakehouse Studios, on Punt Road, are two gigantic photos of the legendary pop artist, pasted up by the studio's owners, Helen Marcou and Quincy McLean. It's not the first time the music studio's facade has featured such images. It was after the death of another rocker - and Bowie's friend - Lou Reed that posters of the artist appeared on the studio's exterior, which has since been doubling as a kind of public art gallery, presenting a rota- tion of large-sized displays of art to the thousands of people driving by each day. Bakehouse Studios, one of the the best of its kind in the world, has hosted dozens of artists, from Nick Cave and the Drones to Beck and Elvis Costello and its rehearsing rooms are decorated with original art. It was only natural that its owners would be affected by Bowie's sudden demise. His photos will remain posted on the wall for a month, and fans, visitors and passersby will be welcome to leave written messages on them. Adding their voices to those around the world mourning the passing of a great artist, Helen Marcou and Quincy McLean issued a heartfelt statement, ending with this phrase: "You helped us mere mortals recognise the colour and preciousness of our surroundings and how the human condition, through all its tumult, ugliness and pain is still glorious, how living is about embracing change not fearing it. The Artist is dead. Vale Bowie". DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Olympia goes to Tinseltown NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU Olympia Valance, who stars as Paige Smith in the longrunning soap Neighbours, is one of Australia's bestknown young actresses. The young beauty has had more than one reason to embrace 2016. "It's been a great couple of weeks, being constantly happy and hungover," Olympia says. "Christmas, New Year, turning 23 and looking forward to so many great things to come." Miller says ‘no more Mad Maxes’ Following the 73rd annual Golden Globes Awards ceremony on Sunday, Greek Australian director George Miller has stated Mad Max: Fury Road will be the last in the Mad Max series. "I won't make more Mad Max movies. Fury Road with Charlize Theron, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Riley Keough was forever getting completed. If you finish one in a year, it's considered a leap of faith. Start, stop, start again," said the director. "I've shot in Australia in a field of wild flowers and flat red earth when it rained heavily forever. We had to wait 18 months and every return to the US was 27 hours. Those Mad Maxes take forever. I won't do those anymore." Miller's fourth instalment in the Mad Max franchise was nominated for best motion picture (drama) at this year's Golden Globes, losing out to The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Source: Page Six Olympia celebrated her 23rd birthday with her family, her partner and close friends in a mouth-watering dinner party at Morris Jones, put together by acclaimed chef Matthew Butcher. The star also opened up about having been scouted by California-based agency ROAR, the same Hollywood office that has signed Chris and Liam Hemsworth. "It's nice to know that I have somewhere to go to when I decide to make the move and pursue things in the States. I guess I'm lucky in that respect. "Without a doubt I do want to try new things, do a film and test myself in Hollywood, but at the moment I am focusing on my role on Ramsey Street," she explains. Olympia was actually signed by ROAR more than nine months ago but chose to keep it quiet, since these days she has been preparing for the new thrilling adventures of her soap character as well as taking her collaboration with UK-based lingerie brand Gossard one step further. "The agency is actually small and deals with only 42 people worldwide, which is good, because it helps the actors create a more personal relationship with the agent," the brunette star says. "ROAR sends me a lot of material to practice on and I've been working on my accent as well. I still have a lot of learning to do, but they are very understanding when it comes to my other obligations. "Once or twice a week they call me to check on what I'm doing, so I'm not ruling out anything." This year, Olympia will be starring in two campaigns as the official face of Gossard, and therefore will be spending her time between Melbourne and the UK. "I'm planning on going to the States at Christmas, spend a fair bit of time there. Let's say a good six weeks Olympia celebrating her 23rd birthday with her mum Tania Gogos-Wilson and father Ryko Valance. Olympia, wearing a stunning Bec and Bridge piece, with her co-stars from Ramsey St. so I can sit down with my agents and work with them more closely," she tells Neos Kosmos. "My step-dad's cousin, Tristan Rogers, is also a big soap star on General Hospital." Olympia's favourite place, however, is Greece. Even though it's been a while since she last visited the islands, she can't wait to find herself enjoying the beauty of balmy days and nights in blue and white scenery. "I absolutely adore Greece and I'm so proud of my heritage," she says. "It saddens me that Greeks are going through such hard times at the moment. I hope for the best and I'm definitely visiting again the first chance I get." * Voting for the 58th TV WEEK Logie Awards 2016 ends on Sunday 17 January, 2016. If you wish to cast Olympia a vote as your favourite star, head to www.tvweeklogiea- wards.com.au/vote Not only will you be supporting the best of Australian TV, but you'll also go into the draw to win the ultimate VIP prize, including two tickets to join the TV WEEK Logie Awards night, with flights, accommodation and more covered. You can only vote once, but check out TV WEEK magazine during the voting period for the code word to receive bonus entries into the prize draw when you vote.
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